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Poster: He Live's Date: Dec 12, 2007 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: They Always Had The Funk

i would simply attribute this development by the band as RIGHT ON COURSE for the group's evolution.

the dead had been playing motown and R&B since their inception, PERFORMING contemporary COVER TUNES! not all just revamped roots material like Viola Lee, Cumberland and the like.

they came back with the two drummers in '76 and they were ripe for a fresh perspective, a way to combine Garcia and Weir's increasingly SLICKIFIED style, as they took to really arranging and SHOWCASING the material, Lesh's architectual sense of the grand gesture and the newly massive poly-rhythmic STEAM ENGINE rolling down the track.....YES! disco, well again....

the dead seemed to absorb the popular dance music of the day through ...osmosis(?)... and the syncopated yet straight 4-4 FUNK of the contemporary black american dance & popular music of the time provided a good jumping off point for the drummers:

set up and interesting propulsive groove and DON'T FORGET THE HI-HAT and don't loosen up the beat for a second, just let it ride

[...]the dead putting the disco back in EGYPT, Sep. 16, 1978

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2007-12-12 21:50:05